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OCC Making Changes to GED Classes to Enhance Student Success

GED GraphicOlney Central College’s Learning Skills Center is hoping to enhance student success with changes to its GED test preparation classes.

“This fall our daytime classes will be offered in a block schedule similar to our evening courses,” said LSC Developmental Support Specialist Lindsey Buck. “We also are offering a new hybrid class, which will reduce the number of days students have to be at the college. We hope the changes will make it easier for area residents to enroll and complete their degrees.”

Starting Aug. 17, daytime classes will meet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A 30-minute lunch break will be included and students who eat with OCC Food Service will have their meals paid through funds provided by the OCC Foundation. Evening GED classes will continue to meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

With the new hybrid course, students will be able to complete a majority of their studies at home, attending classes at OCC just one day a week. Students will continue to have the option of completing their classes entirely online.

The LSC also is introducing new job skills and career development classes, which will meet one hour before both the day and evening GED courses. Officials from outside agencies will visit with students and discuss employment options.

“These classes are very individualized,” Buck said. “They will provide students with the chance to explore different careers, giving them a broad view of employment opportunities. Our students will be exposed to a wide range of job possibilities including some they may not have considered before.”

Many students choose to continue their education, enrolling at OCC after obtaining their GEDs. Buck noted a tuition waiver is available to assist qualifying students in this effort.

“We have several students who graduated last year and are doing promising things with their futures,” she said. “Even those who chose not to continue their educations are earning higher wages or have gone on to better-paying jobs. Earning a GED can make a huge difference in our students’ lives and we want to help them reach that goal.”

All GED classes at OCC are free, with books and materials provided at no cost. Buck encourages anyone who needs to obtain a GED to meet with her. Students can register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the OCC Learning Skills Center. Appointments are recommended, but not required. For more information, contact Buck at 618-395-7777, ext. 2265.

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